Arcadia Festival Is Returning To London With Its Famous Robot Spider

The two-day Arcadia Festival is returning to Queen Elizabeth Elizabeth Olympic Park for the early May bank holiday.


Arachnophobes might want to steer clear of east London on May 4–5. That’s when the performance art collective Arcadia are celebrating their tenth anniversary with a weekend of juicy beats and spidery, post-apocalyptic spectacle. You can get tickets here!

Photo: @shotawaydotcom
Photo: @shotawaydotcom

Award-winning DJ Jamie Jones will be headlining Helix on Saturday night, supported by Hot Since 82, Maya Jane Coles and Pan-Pot. On Sunday, Arcadia’s full spectrum bass showcase Radium will be at the forefront, headlined by turntable extraordinaire, DJ EZ, joined by Sub Focus, Dimension, Flava D and Lethal Bizzle. Looming over it all will be performers shooting out million-volt sparks, robotic creatures and aerial acrobats. Here’s the full lineup so far:


The spidery centrepiece, which is constructed out of recycled jet engines, helicopter tails and scanning machines, was first unveiled at Glastonbury, but has since toured the world, from Miami to the Australian outback. It hit the capital for the first time last year, and now it’s back in a big way.

Arcadia Festival Spider
Photo: Ben Duare

Are you ready to submit to your new arachnid overlord — and have a cheeky dance while you’re at it?

The event runs each day from midday ’til 10.30pm — last entry is at 6pm — so you can have a riotous time and still make the last train home. The nearest stations are Stratford and Stratford International.

Tickets are available here. Go go go!

Originally published at Secret London.